Parks & Recreation



April 7, 2020

As concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the health and safety of our community and partner organizations are very important to us. The current situation is rapidly developing and we are closely monitoring information from Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and will follow their recommendations moving forward.

Immediate responses regarding facility and park closures:

1. The golf course, tennis courts, disc golf course, pickleball courts, and basketball courts will be closed until further notice

2. All playgrounds and park shelters are closed until further notice

Again, information is coming from the Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and is changing from day to day. We will continue to stay abreast of these changes and recommendations and make operational and closure decisions accordingly. The parks are still open, however, we believe that the closures will encourage social distancing. It is our goal to do everything possible to protect the health of our community to the best of our ability.


Dean Palmquist

Park and Recreation Director

City of Cortez

image1 (2)The mission of the Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is to provide the community with the opportunity to participate in quality recreational programs and to enjoy well maintained parks, facilities, and golf course. 

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the oversight of the parks, trails, open space, ball fields, outdoor swimming pool, golf course, recreation center, recreation programs, and a shared responsibility with the Cortez Public Works Department in addressing the community forestry program. The department is responsible for over 600 acres of parkland, natural areas, golf course, lakes, and undeveloped park space. The City of Cortez has a public tree population of 2,458 trees. Of these, 1,032 are street trees and the remaining 1,426 trees are located within the park system or on the Conquistador Golf Course.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department operates the Cortez Recreation Center, which includes a gymnasium, cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment, climbing wall, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, competition lap pool, leisure pool with a lazy river, water play features, enclosed water slide and a tot slide, meeting rooms, pool table, and child care.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department offers youth and adult sport programs, including youth tennis, youth and adult basketball, adult softball, adult volleyball, and adult pickle ball. Also, we offer general recreation programs, including swimming lessons, exercise classes, a youth day camp during the summer months, a youth after school club, senior day trips, a fishing derby, and a skate park competition.